The crown of your standard wholesale baseball cap is constructed from five or six panels of fabric stitched together. Six-panel caps have a seam running down the center of the forehead, which gives the cap a more relaxed fit and lower profile. Such hats look great with an embroidered logo, but the center seam makes silkscreening difficult.
Learn more about embroidery by reading our Embroidery Decoration Guide.
If you intend to decorate your wholesale baseball caps through silkscreening, opt for a five-panel cap instead. A five-panel cap has a flat front panel reinforced with buckram, a stiff cotton that supports the panel, giving it a higher profile and an imprint area ideal for silkscreening images, logo, or whatever artwork you wish.
Learn more about screen printing by reading our Screen Printing Information Guide.
The bill or visor of wholesale baseball caps is usually constructed from stiff paperboard or PVC (polyvinyl chloride) covered with fabric. Traditionally, the bill is covered by the same fabric as the crown, but many caps feature bills with a complementary color or sporting its own graphics.
A recent trend is the sandwich bill, which features a bright strip of color along the very edge of the bill for an added touch of detail. Depending on the cap, the bill will come flat or pre-curved but can be adjusted as comfort and fashion warrant.
Wholesale baseball caps come in many materials, from comfortable brushed cotton to light wool (the preferred material of professional ballplayers) to moisture-wicking polyester, usually with cotton inner sweatbands to catch and keep sweat off the wearer’s face and grommets for ventilation. Another popular option is the mesh cap, also known as a “trucker’s cap,” which features a polyester front panel and ventilating nylon mesh for the rest of the crown.
Professional ballplayers have fitted caps made to their specifications. The rest of us don’t have that luxury, so all of our promotional caps come with adjustable closures – nylon snaps, Velcro straps, or antiqued brass buckles and eyelets for a retro feel.
Every custom cap InkHead carries has a full list of specifications and representative images on its individual page, so you know exactly what you’re getting.
Learn more about buying custom caps before you start your search in our buying guide.